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Luxury booze cruises: 7 of the best drink-themed voyages

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Eat, drink and be merry, they say. And many cruise lines take that injunction very seriously, enhancing their fascinating itineraries with drink-related themes which make a particular cruise option even more appealing...

1. Craft beer cruises in the Pacific Northwest

We kick off with UnCruise Adventures and its Coastal Washington cruise to the Olympic Wilderness & San Juan Islands. In April and October 2017, specific itineraries will be enhanced by the addition of Boe Trosset, founder of the Aslan Brewing Company which operates a 15 barrel organic, craft brewhouse, Washington State's largest USDA Organic beer producer. Find out more on our Mundy Adventures website.

Craft beer cruises with UnCruise Adventures

2. Scotland's best whisky distilleries

Meanwhile in Scotland, Hebridean Island Cruises don't actually theme their cruises around whisky, but needless to say will be visiting numerous distilleries throughout the course of the 2017 season including Ardbeg, Arnamurchan, Arran, Bowmore, Finlaggan and Bruichladdich, Laphroaig, Springbank and Tarbert. Better still, Hebridean Princess is also well stocked with over 60 brands and varieties, including four of their very own malts and their own blended whisky.

Hebridean Princess - Gala night

3. Wine estates of Portugal and France

In April 2017, Ponant's Le Soléal offers you a journey to the heart of prestigious estates, including Taylor's Port Cellars in Porto and the vineyards of the Bordeaux region, with a totally private and exclusive tour of Château Latour, owned by Artémis Domaines, as well as Château Montrose in Saint-Estèphe. In Bordeaux, you will visit Château Siaurac or an estate in Saint-Emilion, which will open their doors to you for visits and wine tastings. The triple Michelin starred chef, Alain Ducasse, will also be aboard.

Vineyard near Bordeaux, France

4. Mediterranean wine voyages

A SeaDream Wine Voyage is the perfect opportunity to enhance your food & wine pairings knowledge. Choose from seven carefully crafted wine voyages in the Mediterranean in 2017, for days filled with wine tastings and guided tours to the origins of some of the finest wine in the world.

Service on board SeaDream Yacht Club

5. Wine & Food Festival in South America

On a Crystal Serenity Amazon cruise in October, enjoy the 2017 Crystal Wine & Food Festival with Chef Yerika Munoz, and internationally acclaimed wine educator, James Beard Lifetime Achievement Award winner, and bestselling author, Kevin Zraly. His passion for wine and food and his engaging teaching style helps demystify the ever-changing world of wine. Guests on board will also enjoy meeting Mixologist Bridget Albert, a champion for uncomplicated recipes, bright flavour, and fresh ingredients.

Crystal Serenity at sea

6. Wine-themed river cruises

Back to Europe, and the opportunities offered as you cruise through vineyards on an AmaWaterways wine themed cruise. They have over forty wine themed cruises to choose from in 2017, the most expansive wine themed river cruise programme in Europe. The wide choice includes options on the Danube, Rhine, Seine, Douro, Garonne and Rhône, which all include special tours and tastings at local wineries and private cellars, the opportunity to learn about winemaking in renowned vineyards, onboard wine pairings with award-winning cuisine, and a wine expert on board who leads tastings and discussions.

AmaVida on the Douro river, Portugal

7. Luxury barge cruises in France

On a luxury hotel barge, carrying just six or eight lucky guests through the best wine-growing regions of France, such as Burgundy, Languedoc-Roussillon, Bordeaux and the Route des Vins d'Alsace, European Waterways offer a wide variety of wine tours which include visits to well-known chateaux as well as tastings. There are trips to some of the most renowned domaines of the Côte de Nuits, Chablis and Sancerre regions, as well as to smaller family-run vineyards such as the 14th century Château de Perdiguier in the Midi and Villa Widmann-Borletti in the Po Valley in Italy.

European Waterways - Le Belle Epoque

Of course on every cruise you can enjoy excellent wines, spirits and beers, and the excellent advice of a trained sommelier or charming member of the bar team, so if you can't see your tipple of choice on this menu then give us a call!

Edwina Lonsdale
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Edwina Lonsdale is Managing Director and, together with husband Matthew, owner of Mundy Cruising.

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